Harbor Place ‘Topping Off’ Ceremony Takes Place Thursday

An image of the construction site, as posted by consortium partner, Planning Office of Urban Affairs, Boston.

A milestone will be marked Thursday at the $68 million Harbor Place construction project in downtown Haverhill.

As the five-story building approaches its maximum height, a traditional “topping off” ceremony will take place at noon, according to Sally L. Cerasuolo-Rourke, associated with Greater Haverhill Foundation, which sold the former F.W. Woolworth Department store to a consortium in 2013. She told WHAV officials will be on hand to literally make their mark.

“We will be signing on the last steel beam before it goes up,” Cerasuolo-Rourke said.

While construction of the steel frame has steadily progressed the past several weeks, night crews have been working on a water main and “related utilities” replacement project. The utility work was delayed in late September because of a “scheduling problem with a subcontractor.” The anticipated four-week project was expected then to cause street closures and “significant disruptions” to businesses on Merrimack Street during an original daytime work schedule.

Owners and tenants at the Harbor Place complex, which will be known as “Pentucket Bank Plaza,” include Randall Bennett, who purchased fifth floor space last May; Pentucket Bank, which will occupy the fourth floor; UMass Lowell, which will lease the second and third floors; and Haverhill Community Television, which purchased a first floor corner condominium. Plans also call for an anchor first floor restaurant or retail space.

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